EngIIHonors2010 - To All English II Honors Students From...

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To: All English II Honors Students From: Ponderosa High School English Department Re: Summer Reading Welcome to Honors English II! Congratulations on your decision to challenge yourself with an honors-level class. The extra effort you will out forth will make you a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. The challenge- and the learning – begin this summer. The following summer reading assignment is designed to give you an opportunity to read, write, and think so that when you return in August your skills are sharp and you are ready to embark on a year of literary exploration and growth. This summer you will read two books: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951) and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984). Both books are “coming of age” novels with young, perceptive protagonists trying to find their place in the sometimes confusing and troubling world. Both books are highly acclaimed by critics and readers alike and offer a plethora of themes, literary elements, and stylistic devices for us to explore. The following assignments will help us do just that. In addition, be prepared to discuss, analyze, and write about the novels when we met in August. REQUIRED HONORS ENGLISH II SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS: The following assignments are due on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS: ± Read The Catcher in the Rye and annotate as you read. ± Answer the multiple choice questions included in this packet. You will not understand every term, concept, and vocabulary word and you are not expected to at this point. HOWEVER, you are expected to attempt every question included in this packet – Honors students seek to understand. Also, we would like to challenge you to search out information on your own, to be curious, and not accept ignorance unchallenged. This is our way of introducing you to the manner in which we will be approaching the examination of the written word. Feel free to write definitions and notes on these sheets and come prepared to defend your answers. ± Complete the Symbols/Images/Motifs chart ± Read The House on Mango Street and annotate as you read. ± Write two (2) vignettes as explained in this packet. Textbook Information Students are expected to have a copy of each of the following novels: 1. The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger 2. The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros 3. The Crucible Arthur Miller 4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 5. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 6. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 7. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
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It is accepted practice in honor classes for students to purchase their own copies of each novel so they may annotate and interact with each novel. Students are expected to purchase the books at a local bookstore or online. We will give a list of all our novels to Barnes and Noble and Borders at Park Meadows and the Borders at Arapahoe Crossing. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble offer these books online and www.alibris.com andr www.bookfinder.com supply used books
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